Refuse to compromise.

More often than not, the ascent is only half the battle, and when you’re met with technically demanding terrain and variable snow conditions after a harrowing climb, you need aggressive downhill performance you can depend on. Devour vertical feet on the ascent and descent with the voracious Helio 95 Ski—the mid-width offering from Black Diamond’s new, technically-focused ski mountaineering line. The pre-preg carbon fiber layup provides torsional stiffness and progressive, balanced flex that’s forgiving in soft snow, but can still stand up to hard pack. An endlessly versatile 95mm waist width is complemented with a medium turn radius that’s just as comfortable in tight couloirs as it is on sprawling, untouched powder fields.

The Helio's profile consists of a rockered tip, raised tail, and camber underfoot to give you a sense of levity in soft snow and reliable edge hold on boilerplate steeps. An ultralight engineered balsa flax wood core, titanal mounting plates, and ABS sidewalls keep the ski staggeringly light and strong so you can propel yourself to the most remote objectives with the least amount of drudgery in the skintrack. To simplify transitions and prevent wear and tear on the ski tail, the Helio features an ABS tail protector with integrated tab to secure skin clips.

  • Mid-width offering from Black Diamond's ski mountaineering line
  • Versatile 95mm waist width floats in powder and is agile on hardpack
  • Rockered tips and camber underfoot charges in variable snow conditions
  • Carbon fiber layup for excellent torsional stiffness and balanced flex
  • ABS sidewalls and sandwich construction keep the skis durable
  • Featherlight balsa flax wood core makes covering vertical feet a breeze
  • Makes transitions easy with ABS tail protector and skin clip tab
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Light and fast

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The overall performance of the Helio 95 surprised me! As the "skinny ski" in my quiver with most being over 115mm freeride\powder skis, this stands out as a fun aggressive carving touring ski. When on edge on groomed snow (shush... I was testing it....) it turned like a carving ski (Rossi E100?) and held up at high speed. But where it shines is obviously the skin track.
Great edge hold while skinning, easy to whip around in a kick turn and just slays the spring corn.
Like other reviewers said, not a pow ski but holds its own in the light stuff.
I"m tempted to get the Helio 116 for a powder ski. Love it!!!

Lightweight and performs well

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm super happy with the Helio 95s. I've got a pair of Dynafit Radicals on them and it's been a super solid setup for touring all over the Wasatch as well as a couple hut trips in BC and Colorado. It floats in the powder when conditions are soft and handles crud and firm snow super well. It's lightweight on the uphill which is great, but doesn't feel like a flimsy touring ski.

Great Lightweight and agressive ski!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have to say I was not sure of the design of those skis at first. I'm an aggressive skier, who feels in control on stiff and stable skis. Most of the lightweight skis are not stiff enough for me, so I normally use freeride style skis with tech binding. For a ski mountaineering trip, I borrowed the Helio 95 from a friend. The objective was to ski steep lines around Mt. Katahdin. We had all sorts of strange weather from freezing rain to deep snow (25cm + of snow).

I have to say I was surprised at the first turn. The Helio 95 is stiff and responsive. You really feel the support of the skis all the way during the turn. Those skis can easily navigate through wind affected snow and icy conditions. It's not a deep snow ski, it's not the weapon of choice for the dump of the year, but it works well over fresh snow and soft spring corn.

Skiing Mt. Katahdin mean you have to make a 17 miles approach (the main reason why I borrowed those skis...). But the Helio95 are light enough to make it almost enjoyable. It's real backcountry skis, but with the capacity to ski like a great alpine ski.

Good report. Thanks.

Helio Skis

BD Helio 95

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Looking for a light ski that can crush all aspects of your backcountry trip? Look no further! Pick up a pair of the Helio 95s and destroy everything from boot deep pow to crud, chop, and soppy spring snow. The light construction and perfect 95mm waist make this a great choice if you are looking for one touring ski for all your needs. Black diamond puts years of experience into their skis and makes many different models in the Helio line for different purposes. Please feel free to reach out to me. I will personally help you pick the right Helio for your skiing needs. Feel free to email or call me anytime at - escherer@backcountry.com or 801-204-4533.

Have you skied these on hard snow?